banned books bound minds

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

How to teach banned books.....................

here's a posting from a recent AASL forum that I thought everyone should take a look at. This book sounds too good to pass up................................................................ .......................................................................................... Have you looked at Pat Scales book Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides for Young Readers

Pat worked with us on the AASL Convention in Birmingham and did a great job!
From BooklistScales, a middle-school librarian for 28 years, performs a valuable service here. She pushes banned books front and center so that instead of hiding these titles, librarians can celebrate them. She has chosen 12 frequently challenged books (including Blubber (1974), The Goats (1987), Julie of the Wolves (1972), and My Brother Sam is Dead(1974), and she shows teachers and librarians how to teach them. Particularly useful is the introductory chapter that instructs readers how to teach the First Amendment using discussion questions like this: "Interpret the following quote by Oscar Wilde: 'The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.'" She then goes on to individual titles; for each there is a long synopsis of the book, discussion questions, and activities. Some of the activities stretch a bit, but everything else is solid, useful, and thought provoking. Much of this was originally published in Book Links magazine, and Scales knows her material inside out. She also knows how to inspire others to take up this cause and gives them an effective handbook to do just that. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved




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